ERM is excited to partner with the PDAC on the ERM Sustainability Bursary for Innovation in Environmental and/or Social Performance.

Traditionally, the mineral industry has been dominated by mature workers. As these individuals retire, and technology is further incorporated into daily tasks, exploration and mining companies need to attract a younger workforce and new talent with different skill sets. This requires an understanding of the needs and values of younger generations which include working for a company that is both a good corporate citizen and a good employer.

This bursary aims to advance the mineral sector through excellence and innovation. It will provide support to the next generation of pioneers and leaders so that our industry can continue to generate sustainable value for all stakeholders in the years to come.

ERM, in partnership with PDAC, will award one eligible candidate with a $3,000 bursary focused on innovation in the environment or social performance across any of the following disciplines: exploration, environment, geoscience, engineering, geochemistry, social performance, and stakeholder engagement.


Students must be enrolled in a post-graduate degree or in their final year of an undergraduate program at a Canadian post-secondary institution. 

It is anticipated that students will be supporting projects in the fields of environment, geoscience, exploration, engineering, hydrology, hydrogeology, sustainability, or social practice and community engagement.

Those applying should demonstrate a passion for sustainability and innovation through a commitment to creating net-positive socio-economic and/or environmental impact for the mineral industry. This may be demonstrated through the development of improved methods of exploration, the advancement or application of technology, and/or approaches to building strong relationships with Indigenous people, communities, and society. 

We value equity, diversity and inclusion and encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Deadline: December 8, 2023


Adrien Dimech

Adrien Dimech - Université du Québec en Abitibi Témiscamingue
Innovation in Environmental and/or Social Performance


Lori Manoukian

Lori Manoukian - McGill University
Innovation in Environmental Performance

Adan Olivares Castro

Adan Olivares Castro - Queen's University
Innovation in Social Performance


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